South Africa 4-0 Namibia: 4 things we learned from Bafana Bafana’s win

South Africa 4-0 Namibia: 4 things we learned from Bafana Bafana’s win
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Bafana Bafana of South Africa got off their second Group E game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on a winning note against southern neighbours Namibia.

The encounter which took place at the beautiful Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday night lived up to expectations as goals from Percy Tau, Themba Zwane and Thapelo Maseko gave South Africa the needed victory over Collin Benjamin's side.

In what was Bafana Bafana's third AFCON meeting with the Brave Warriors of Namibia, Hugo Broos' men cruised to a comfortable 4-0 emphatic win to extend South Africa's winning run in this competition over their opponents to three straight games.

Let's delve into four takeaways from Bafana Bafana's big win over the Brave Warriors.

Four things we learned from Bafana Bafana's big win over Namibia

Clinical finishing

The result of this encounter shows that the team perfected the coach's advice on the need to take their chances when they come. Against the Eagles of Mali, Bafana Bafana failed to make the best of the few chances that came their way and the lessons of that game spurred the players to make amends in the battle against the Brave Warriors.

Out of 12 goal attempts from South Africa, eight were on target of which four resulted in goals, a great improvement from their recent performances. Zwane, Tau, and Maseko scored to give the team a massive win.

Themba Zwane is key for Bafana Bafana

Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Themba Zwane may not be a famous name among the majority of South Africa's football legendary players, but he continues to give his all whenever he's called up to the national team.

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Zwane proved his worth in the loss to Mali as his midfield presence was felt all through his stay on the pitch. The 34-year-old continued his good performance in today's game against Namibia.

He scored twice against the Brave Warriors to take his tally at international level to 10 goals; by this, Zwane is proving just how important he is to the team as they look to further progress in the competition.

Defensive masterclass

Bafana Bafana did what they needed to do and that's to play well and win comfortably. The entire team worked together to achieve this with a goalkeeping and defensive masterclass from Ronwen Williams, Khuliso Mudau, Grant Kekana, Mothobi Mvala, and Aubrey Modiba. Together, the team worked for the clean sheet to give themselves the needed confidence to face Tunisia in another important game coming up on Wednesday.

Bafana Bafana can actually score goals

Broos' team have failed to register a goal in their last three matches before their meeting with Namibia. Their scoring deficiency has been a particular concern ahead of the AFCON tournament and this was further dampened as the team could not find a way out against Mali in their opening match.

However, all that worry and anxiety finally ended as the team scored four past Namibia to steady their chances towards a place in the next phase of the competition.

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Next up for Bafana Bafana

South Africa will take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia next Wednesday as both teams conclude their final group stage match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The encounter is significant for Bafana Bafana as a win will push them straight into the knockout phase. Buoyed by their emphatic victory over Namibia, Broos and his men will be eager to get the job done against a Tunisia side with just one point after two matches.

Mali currently leads the group standings with four points, while South Africa and Namibia have three points apiece. It will be all to fight for come next Wednesday for the four teams in the group.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.